James McKnight, a former Florida Miami Dolphins NFL player, was arrested Monday after he was accused of shoving his wife over a table during an argument, news sources report. McKnight, 40, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of battery, domestic violence, and resisting an officer without violence. A judge ordered that he be held on $1,600 bail bond. Reports did not specify an attorney for McKnight.
According to reports, this is not McKnight’s first arrest for domestic violence. Sources say he was arrested in October 2011 for allegedly punching his wife. The details regarding the outcome of that case were not immediately clear at press time.
Sources say McKnight began playing in the NFL in 1994. He played for the Seattle Seahawks for five years before moving on to the Dallas Cowboys and later the New York Giants, reports say. Between 2001 and 2003, McKnight played for the Miami Dolphins. He has since retired from football. Reports say McKnight currently coaches the football team at Cypress Bay High School in Weston; it is unclear how this arrest will affect his position with the school.
This latest incident occurred Monday evening at McKnight and his wife’s home in Broward. Reports say McKnight accused his wife of having an affair, and the two were arguing. At some point, McKnight attempted to take the children into another room so that he could talk with them alone, reports say. However, the wife resisted. “A tug of war ensued using one of the children. Each was trying to pull the child away from the other,” a police report allegedly says. It does not appear as though the child was injured in the scuffle.
During the alleged struggle, McKnight reportedly shoved his wife. She fell over a table, but was uninjured, sources say. Police responded to the residence soon afterwards and attempted to place McKnight in cuffs, but he allegedly resisted. After the officer eventually cuffed him, McKnight did not comply with orders to sit down, reports say. The officers then used a “back leg trip” to bring McKnight to the ground.
McKnight was not the only former Dolphins player to find himself on the wrong side of the law this past week. Chad Johnson, a former Miami Dolphins player, was sentenced to 30 days in jail after he allegedly patted his male lawyer on the buttocks during a court trail, reports say. According to reports, Johnson was fired from the Dolphins team in August of last year after he allegedly head-butted his wife during a domestic argument. Johnson since pled guilty to a charge of illegal touching and has been serving a one-year probation sentence.
Johnson was arrested this past month after he purportedly violated his probation after he did not report to his probation officer. Johnson appeared in court this past week on the probation charge. Following the hearing, Johnson attempted to congratulate his lawyer by patting him on the buttocks, reports say. The judge, however, was not amused and sentenced Johnson to an additional 30 days behind bars.